Summer is winding down but while it’s still warm enough to workout outside, we’re going to take every opportunity to take our fitness al fresco. That’s why we were so excited to join Torrie Borland’s outdoor bootcamp (hosted twice a week – Monday evenings and Saturday mornings) at Little Norway Park downtown.
If you’re someone who usually works outs solo and it’s been awhile since you tried a group workout, step outside your comfort zone and give it a try. Not only can you meet new people, but working out with others is motivating and can often result in a few laughs along the way.
I had met Torrie once before attending her bootcamp, and I could see why her clients love her. She plans a challenging workout and ensures you are motivated along the way by joining in to give you an added push just when you think you can’t do more.
Torrie has been in the fitness industry for a number of years and her business, Phys-Ed Department, showcases her training and exercise style. Her bootcamp is a total body HIIT (high intensity interval training) and strength workout, meaning you are moving most of the time with small breaks that are just long enough to catch your breath and grab a sip of water before you begin again. This is the kind of workout that challenges your entire body and makes sure every moves really counts.
There are plenty of great outdoor spots for workouts in the city but what made Little Norway Park a little more special was its location – on the water by Toronto City Airport, with a view of flights taking off and landing, and the late summer breeze coming off the lake. But while the view was easy on the eyes, the outdoor bootcamp workout was still murder on our muscles. We started with a running warm up and dynamic stretching, then got creative using a picnic table for pushups and split lunges which added a challenge to both exercises.
Next, we paired up for some partnered workouts with each person tackling a different exercise – like bear crawls, squat jumps, frog jumps, power lunges – until a buzzer sounded and we swapped places. We did plank high fives (hitting opposite hands while in plank), then burpees and squats using elastic bands. After the cardio portion, we worked our core with some ab exercises, then cooled down with some well deserved stretching. To keep us motivated, Torrie brought a portable speaker and had some great beats playing throughout the sixty-minute workout.
How to Join:
There is still time to check out Torrie’s outdoor bootcamp which runs until the weather permits in September, or next summer. Find her on Instagram at @torrie_borland or at torrieborland.com for details.